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Eugene Mission Cooks Huge Thanksgiving Meal Out Of Mobile Kitchen

Rachael McDonald

Thanksgiving dinner will be served at the Eugene Mission, despite the loss of their kitchen to fire last summer. The mission has been operating out of a mobile kitchen while they rebuild. They expect about 400 people for the big meal.

The Eugene Mission provides shelter, meals and counseling for homeless people. They serve 800 meals a day already to their residents and visitors. In their mobile kitchen, which is basically a big truck, the smell of roasting turkey fills the air.
Marshall Eck is food service director. He says prep includes cooking 20 turkeys a day over 4 days.
Marshall Eck: “We have turkey roasting pans plugged in with our makeshift turkey roasters. We have turkeys going on the burners. We have turkeys going in the ovens. We have Raul over here, our volunteer extraordinaire. He’s cutting carrots for the big day. We’re just taking swings at everything we possibly can.”

Credit Rachael McDonald
The mobile kitchen at the Mission.

Besides turkey, the Mission kitchen is making 30 gallons of gravy and 300 pounds of mashed potatoes. Church members from Marcola are making 150 pies for dessert. The Whiteaker Community dinner is also Thursday in Eugene. They expect to serve 2000 Thanksgiving meals.


Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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